According to a report in the Evening Telegraph, Celtic are hoping to agree a deal to sign John Souttar of Dundee United, and could agree a pre-contract with the youngster as early as January.
This would be the Bhoys reviving their interest in Souttar, having originally wanted to sign the young utility man in the summer. The Daily Mail claimed that Ronny Deila is a big fan of the 19-year-old, and wanted to bring him to Parkhead over the summer to continue their philosophy of signing up a number of the best Scottish prospects.
However, he remained with United, but Celtic are ready to go back in for the youngster after an impressive start to the season, having seen him play eight times to take his total appearance tally for Dundee United to 60 games.
Able to play at central defence or defensive midfielder, Souttar is highly rated, and is currently turning out for Scotland’s Under-21 side, despite only turning 19 last month.
The Evening Telegraph report that Celtic are monitoring his contract situation, and are considering moving for his signature if he opts to not sign a new contract with United.
Souttar’s current deal expires at the end of the season, and Celtic will consider approaching him in January, to sign him on a pre-contract agreement, ensuring his signature is agreed before he completes his move in the summer transfer window.